But a review of other aspects of Labour Party organisation is already well underway – and a major change is reverberating among Westminster-based ‘PADs’ – Political Advisers – as a result of a memo sent by Andrew Fisher and Simon Jackson to Labour’s PADs:
As part of an ongoing review across the whole organisation, we are writing to update you on changes to your line management.
From Wednesday 1 November, Political Advisers’ (PADs) line management will pass from Simon Jackson (Director of Policy and Research based in Southside [Labour HQ in Victoria] to Andrew Fisher (Executive Director of Policy) based in the Leader’s Office, on the parliamentary estate.
This means that line management support is based on the same site as you, in Parliament. Day-to-day management on policy issues will be through the relevant Head of Policy in the Leader’s Office, as follows:
• Jennifer Larbie – Head of International Policy
• Mary Robertson – Head of Economic Policy
• Mark Simpson- Head of Brexit and Devolved Nations
• Lachlan Stuart – Head of Domestic Policy
This means that PADs will be taking their political and policy line from close colleagues of the leader under the oversight of Andrew Fisher, the man responsible in large part for the party’s hugely successful General Election manifesto – and not from the still largely right-dominated Southside HQ.
A move that will be widely welcomed by the membership. And an important step into creating a Labour HQ that will support Labour’s and Corbyn’s vision instead of hindering it?
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